England’s women team coach Mark Sampson admits that his squad will take major confidence from the fans’ support as they look to lift the Euro 2017 title. The Three Lionesses qualified for the semi-final stage of the European championship after they clinched a 1-0 victory over France which was watched by more than 3.3 million people – the biggest TV audience ever for women’s football.
Sampson’s team face off against the Netherlands in Thursday’s semi-final and prior to the game, Sampson admits that the support from the country’s faithful would provide a massive drive in their quest to lift the title, he told BBC Radio 5 live: “The support is a huge inspiration to the players and a massive driver for them. It’s probably been a long time that there was a genuine belief that an English team can go and win a major championship. We’re very proud that some of the English public believe this team can go on and win. We take immense pride from that and a major sense of confidence.” (more…)
Wigan Athletic has appointed former Portsmouth manager Paul Cook as their new boss for next season. He will be replacing Graham Barrow who was serving on an interim basis.
He said that he is happy with what he has achieved with Portsmouth, but he feels that this is time for a new challenge. He said that he has enjoyed every moment of the promotion-winning campaign and that he will be cherishing the memories.
Paul Cook believes that there is a great opportunity at Wigan Athletic and that this is a great occasion for home to prove himself. He admitted that he would need time to know the players and the staff, but he is excited to get started in his new job. (more…)
Chey Dunkley has said his goodbyes to former club Oxford United following their promotion to the third tier of English football.
The 25-year-old was apparently offered a competitive offer to remain at the Kassam Stadium, but he opted otherwise after he received an approach from the former FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic. The Latics have not had a sound season ever since their relegation from the top flight, and they are back in League One following their failure to survive in the Championship last term.
The Latics will be hoping for immediate promotion just as they achieved during the 2015/16 season, and this has urged them to recruit the best talents in and around their domestic division. Dunkley, who made 96 appearances for Oxford across all competitions, left his farewell message on his Twitter handle.
The statement read: “So much to say, but we’ll keep it professional. I’d like to start by thanking everyone associated with Oxford United FC including the staff, players and the fans during my time at the club. (more…)
Wigan Athletic who has just been relegated from the Championship are still on the look for a new manager.
Wigan Athletic has been relegated after a poor campaign that has seen them changed manager three times during the course of the season.
Jonathan Jackson said that this is not the end of the world for them as they have already been relegated in the past and they know how to manage this situation. He said that they have already started planning for life in League One and that he is sure that they will be able to get promotion back to the Championship.
The chief executive said that he has a shortlist of potential candidates for the job and that they will make a final decision at the end of May or early June. He said that the club already knows what kind of manager they will need for the job and that they will be looking for someone that can help manage the club on the long term. (more…)
Wigan Athletic got a late winner that earned them all three points in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship.
The loss was devastating for Wolves as they hoped to end their poor run. They have now lost three straight games in the Championship. They place 18th on the current standings.
Ahead of the clash, the stats were against them but they could have managed to keep it in their favour. According to records, Wolves have won just one of five games against Wigan at Molineux. They enjoyed more possession but could not convert their chances in front of goal.
Paul Lambert side could only threaten their visitors as they lacked that final finish that could have made all the difference. Bright Enobakhare made an attempt but it did not convert. They were punished late in the game from a set piece.
“I’m like everyone else, disappointed and angry with the way that we performed. We never did enough, that’s for sure; it wasn’t good enough. We were too passive, we never dominated the ball and were not aggressive enough with or without the ball,” Lambert said after the loss. (more…)
Wigan Athletic are set to face off with Norwich City in the English championship on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
While a number of players are going to miss the game due to various injuries, several other options are available for selection. Alex Gilbey is yet to recover from ankle injury, Reece James is also out die to ankle problem. Nick Powell and Donervon Daniels have hamstring and knee issues respectively so they are also ruled out.
Deadline transfer signings Mikael Mandron, Jack Byrne, Josh Laurent, Alex Bruce and Matt Gilks are expected to make their debut. Gabriel Obertan might also get called unto action. (more…)
Posted on January 28, 2017
The FA cup clash between Wigan and Nottingham Forest was a classic that had looked unlikely, having both sides in despondent forms.
Wigan – currently in the relegation zone in 23rd place – have equally had a disappointing run the past few weeks, but this time around they became superior to a Forest, who sit three place above them in the division.
The Latics had lost Nick Powell from an early injury, but recovered quickly enough. Although, they it would have been better if they Micheal Jacobs and Jordi Gomez had done better with the few chances they had.
Just before the end of the first half, Will Grigg poked in Stephen Warnocks cross, and put the Wigan on the lead. After the break, Yanic Wildshut shot in a low finish as Warnock provided a cut through to him.
Forest had lost a penalty that given after Lica had been fouled in the area. Eric Lichaj’s late penalty was saved by Jakob Hugaard.
Wigan’s boss, Warren Joyce was happy with the performance of his team as he thought his side deserved the win. He had this to say: “I would have been very disappointed had we let them back in – and it was sloppy play that resulted in the penalty.”
Philippe Montainer, Nottingham’s Manager expressed his dissatisfaction with his team’s style of play. He said:
“It was a poor game. We were bad in every area both with and without the ball, and we cannot keep accepting this situation.
“We are on a terrible run and confidence is really low but that should not be an excuse. We need to show more when we’ve got the ball and do more when we haven’t.”
Posted on December 12, 2016
From 2008 until 2016 Warren Joyce used to coach the Under-21 and Under-23 squads of Manchester United but his time in Old Trafford reached it’s end a few days ago as the 51 year old tactician recently decided to take charge of the English Championship League club Wigan Athletic as he penned a 3 and a half year long contract.
This was the statement that Warren Joyce said after having joined Wigan Athletic as the new coach but rumors are now pointing at other members of Manchester United thinking or being at the verge of joining the backroom staff of Wigan Athletic, one of the more renowned players that has been linked with the Championship League club is Paul Scholes.
Paul Scholes is currently being linked with 2 different clubs as he has emerged as a candidate to take over the Under 23’s side of Manchester United but at the same time Scholes is also rumored to be on the verge of accepting this same job but with Wigan Athletic instead of Manchester United.
Scholes is one of the most praised midfielders in the world of football with a very impressive playing career which has seen him winning major trophies including the Premier League on 11 ocassions and the UEFA Champions twice, these are just a few of the more renowned titles that Scholes has secured.
Despite having a very successful playing career, Paul Scholes doesn’t actually have a UEFA Pro License as the Englishman doesn’t really have any coaching career and this might be the start of his coaching life.
Posted on November 6, 2016
Wigan Athletic defeated Wolverhampton 2-1in the English Championship.
The victory ensures Wigan moves from the bottom of the table as a late Will Grigg’s goal gave them full points.
Wigan started the game on a good note. Former Wolves striker Adam le Fondre scored the game’s first in the 5th minute. Max Power sent a close range cross which he converted. The visitors equalized in the 34th minute through Prince Oniangue. Oniangue sent a low finish from 18 yards, but the visitors couldn’t get a share of the point. Grigg’s goal ensured the host won the match 2-1.
Wigan’s last win was on August 13th. The victory over Wolves is the first in nine league matches, and it raises the team to the 21st position in the standings. On the other hand, Wolves went into the game with back-to-back wins against Newcastle and Brentford. At the DW stadium, their attack left much to be desired.
For Le Fondre, the night would not be forgotten in a hurry as he became the third ex-Wolves player to score against his former club in the Championship this season. He got the goal from six yards out. Wolves could have buried the game after their equalizer after Congo captain Oniangue scored.
After the recess, Danny Batth almost got a winner but his effort was stopped in time. The Lactics would savour their second victory this campaign. Wigan enjoyed more ball possession, but couldn’t get more shots into the box.
Wolves had ten shots, but only four were on target.
In other games played in the Championship, Burton played a 1-1 draw with QPR, and the Barnsley-Aston Villa affair ended the same way. Brentford thrashed Reading 4-0, while Sheff Wed defeated Blackburn 1-0. Birmingham and Preston played a 2-2 draw, but Bristol defeated Leeds 1-0. Huddersfield tops the standing with 22 points.
Posted on October 16, 2016
The early stages of the 2016-17 season of the English League Championship of Wigan Athletic has been a forgettable one as they have lost 5 matches, drawn 1 and only won 1 game out of their initial 7 games of the season.
These consistent defeats has left Wigan Athletic on the bottom spots of the English League Championship as they are located at the 23rd spot after only being able to collect 4 points from the possible 21.
Gary Caldwell is the head coach of Wigan Athletic and the 34 year old Scottish manager tried to pump his squad up with a positive vibe as he said: “We’ll be going to Norwich to win. We always set up that way, regardless of what kind of run we’re on. As a player you have to adopt a mentality of putting defeats to the back of your mind and try to perform and win the game. It will be a tough challenge, but I believe this group of players can go there and perform.”
That is the statement which was released by Caldwell before his squad had faced off with Norwich City and ultimately lost 1-2 on September 13.
Not only is Wigan Athletic suffering consistent defeats but the team of Gary Caldwell has also seen one of their more influential players as the summer signing Nick Powell was unable to play against Norwich City due to a groin problem that the 22 year old midfielder has recently been suffering from.
It still remains uncertain as to how long Nick Powell will be on the sidelines but having such a key player out of action for a club that has been struggling so much to snatch a convincing victory is a huge blow for Wigan Athletic and this could lead to even more defeats which is not what the recently promoted club wanted to go through.